22 Mar '11, 1am

A US man whose face was literally erased in an electrical accident has received the first full face transplant in the US

A US man whose face was literally erased in an electrical accident has received the first full face transplant in the US

Dallas Wiens talks on his cell phone while on his way to Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts in this undated handout photo. -- PHOTO: REUTERS BOSTON (Massachusetts) - A YOUNG man horrifically injured by an electric shock while working in a cherry picker has successfully received the United States' first full face transplant, a Boston hospital said on Monday. Dallas Wiens, 25, can look forward to a new life with a donated face attached last week by a 30-strong team at Brigham and Women's Hospital, which said it was 'the first full face transplant' performed in the country. Although plastic surgeons could not restore Mr Wiens's sight, he is otherwise on the road to recovery and already chatting, the lead doctor, Bohdan Pomahac, told a press conference. 'He's awake and talking on a cell phone,' he said. 'Today's tremendous news marks a new milestone in Brigh...

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